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Kayem Foods, Inc. Associate Brand Manager in Chelsea, Massachusetts

Kayem Foods is looking for an Associate Brand Manager to help manage product categories and drive future growth of the al fresco al natural brand and Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse sausage brand for both retail and food service settings. This role will be an integral part of setting up the brand and company for future growth opportunities. In this role you will work closely with the Marketing Director to develop and launch new products, identify key trends and work cross functionally with R&D, Operations, Finance and Sales. This role will report directly the Director of Marketing.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Lead brand innovation and product pipeline for retail and food service in the development and launching of new products, working with cross functional teams made up of internal and external resources (R&D, operations, finance, sales, packaging design, research, agency partners, etc.)

  • Identify key trends to recommend future product areas to focus on growth

  • Manage improvements, line extensions, and reformulations across the portfolio of brands

  • Ownership of project management process and tools for the full marketing team and brands

  • Help develop and support key brand building messaging and brand equity campaigns by leading external agencies in the briefing, development, and execution stages. This is inclusive of digital, social, TV, radio, out of home, sponsorship's and other emerging consumer tactics.

  • Manage the base business to identify key trends, opportunities, and risks across the portfolio at key accounts and be able to course correct where needed.

  • Create annual plans consisting of volume, budget, and timing of activities.

  • Manage the business to deliver annual planning numbers.

  • Lead pricing discussions and recommendations based on in market analysis (price cliffs, price elasticity, promotion lifts) as well as external factors (market conditions).

  • Assist in creating and presenting to leadership and sales teams. Be able to present to key retailers when called upon.

Skills and Requirements:

  • MBA preferred but related experience with a BA/BS will be taken highly into consideration (CPG, Advertising, project management, communications, or in a related business field)

  • Demonstrated project management skills with attention to details

  • Strong analytical orientation

  • Must understand a P&L and key cost drivers as part of innovation

  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills

  • Highly collaborative within a diverse cross functional team

  • Thrives in unstructured environments with no such thing as a typical day

  • Self-starter who is more than willing to roll up their sleeves to advance project work

  • Willing and capable to undertake work that may be beyond job description and in an ever-changing environment

  • Be coachable and open to learning

  • Commitment to results; ability to incorporate new learning into existing plans

  • Ability to recognize the need for process improvement and take the needed action to implement new process

  • Ability to manage a high work volume and pressing time requirements

  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively and professionally with customers and external contacts to the organization

  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously. Exceptional organizational skills required. Ability to meet designated deadlines.

  • Ability to work well in ambiguous situations and manage the situation to a clear and concise outcome

  • Working knowledge of MS Office products including Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook

  • Preferred candidates will have experience with IRI or other sales reporting systems

  • Must be able to read, write, and communicate clearly in English.

Kayem Foods is a family owned and operated craft meat business that has been making New England’s favorite franks, sausages and prepared meats in Chelsea, Mass. since its founding by Kazimierz Monkiewicz back in 1909. The Monkiewicz family has been perfecting its craft for four generations following one simple philosophy: to only make food they would share with their own friends and family. Kayem Foods brands include Kayem, Kayem Fenway Franks, McKenzie Natural Artisan Deli and al fresco all natural chicken, as well as 9 other local brands.